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BoyFromLA’s Tarantula Diary

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by BoyFromLA, Nov 5, 2017.

  1. BoyFromLA

    BoyFromLA ‎٩(ˊᗜˋ*)و Arachnosupporter

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    12/16/2017 - 2

    Brachypelma klaasi is sadly still with no name yet, but he or she is amazingly hyper active. Digging, moving dirts while filling the water dish with all sorts of things. That also means he or she will take down any feeder insect on sight.

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    Caribena versicolor is also with no name just yet, and recently rehoused into the rather much smaller enclosure. This enclosure previously used by Mini, and now it’s with the new owner. He or she is now resting after making a little webbing under neath the fake silk plant leaf.

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    Knitty (Dolichothele diamantinensis) is very, very shy. Just a little distraction will make him or her quickly hide into the dried moss bush.

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    Since Neoholothele Incei is called Trinidad Olive as a common name. I did a little ‘The Matrix’ reference and named two of my Neoholothele Incei Neo, and Trinity.

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    Neo & Trinity are now moved into the bigger enclosure as communal set up, so they can fully explore, and have enough space for own territory. They are well hidden in the picture, but they are there.

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    Brachypelma schroederi is yet another tarantula with no name. He or she is hidden completely in the darkness (except his or her soft fluffy toes), and is lurking for any preys passingby.

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  2. BoyFromLA

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    12/17/2017 - 1

    Brabo’s major hauling service.

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    Brabo likes to play dirt.
     
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  3. BoyFromLA

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    Today’s goal:

    • Being an arboreal for a day.

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    “Hello, you ok there?”
     
  4. BoyFromLA

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    I really don’t know what to say. I think my Brachypelma klaasi just did molt. Thing is, he or she was never showing me any signs of pre molting. He or she was not only so active, but even ate a feeder insect just a yesterday. It’s so weird. I might be mistaken, but I am afraid I am not.

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  5. kevinlowl

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    Might wanna remove that chopstick and replace it with a plastic one. ;)
     
  6. BoyFromLA

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    That little piece of chopstick has been removed earlier.
     
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  7. BoyFromLA

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    Webbie (Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens)
    is back in action after recent molt.

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    Toe toe (Caribena versicolor) took down his or her first mealworm ever!

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  8. BoyFromLA

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    Blackyplema (Brachypelma schroederi) on top of her hide. With a great pose like that, I couldn’t resist to take a picture.

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  9. BoyFromLA

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    So Hidy (Brachypelma hamorii) finally decided to molt on Christmas day, and chose to do it a bit unusual way. I was worried big time of course. Anything unusal gives a new tarantula keeper a heart attack. It certainly was not easy to watch it, but I did fully trust Hidy’s capability as a tarantula.

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  10. BoyFromLA

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    Last week, I was able to grab 2.5” Chromatopelma cyaneopubescenes (which turned out to be a female), and an enclosure, and a large cork bark for $50 all together from Craiglist.

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    However, for the 2.5” very very active tarantula, initial enclosure seemed just too small.

    So yesterday, I did rehouse her into a much larger enclosure with a cork bark, hoping that she would take it as her lair.

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    And yes, she did take a cork bark as her lair, and it was just the perfect scene. So I rewarded her a giant mealworm!

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  11. BoyFromLA

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    I recently bought a macro lens a couple of days ago for my iPhone, and tried a few test shots whenever I get a chance to. It’s not half bad at all. The results are pretty decent in my opinion.

    • Hidy (Brachypelma hamorii) right next to his or her molt.

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    • Knitty (Dolichothele diamantinensis) enjoying pre killed mealworm.

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    • Grampu (Grammostola pulchripes) enjoying pre killed mealworm as well.

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  12. athlete96

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    What macro lens? Those photos look nice. I was thinking about a camera just to take pics with, but I like your idea better.
     
  13. BoyFromLA

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    It all depends what smartphone you are currently using. You can google with ‘macro lens for (your smartphone)’ and it will promptly direct you to many results! Price range is from $15 to $75.
     
  14. Garth Vader

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    Oh your pics are nice. I will now be googling macro lens for my particular phone. :D
     
  15. BoyFromLA

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    Of course you can’t compare it to expensive real camera lens, but aside from it, it’s pretty decent in a way. So far I am loving it.

    Keep that in mind though:

    • You have to get real close
    • Focus is keep changing
    • You need to take many shots to get one decent picture.
     
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  16. BoyFromLA

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    One thing that never gets old, watching and be mesmerized by a Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens decorating it’s enclosure with beautiful webbing.

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  17. Mirandarachnid

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    I'm hoping to get a few of these soon, just waiting on the guy to get back to me!

    Need moar spood :banghead:
     
  18. BoyFromLA

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    One thing I can promise is that you won’t reget taking one in your care.
     
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  19. Mjb30

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    Hiya, I’ve just caught up on this thread and really enjoyed all the posts so far! I hope you can keep up the diary, it will be great to see how all your little friends are coming on!

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  20. BoyFromLA

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    Recent molt of Hidy (Brachypelma hamorii) made me really happy, but I am even more happier for Hidy is no longer depending on pre killed feeders, but is now more than willing to hunt live preys.

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    A couple of days ago, I rehoused Webbie (Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens) into a new enclosure. So for that reason, he or she is still so mad, and is no way in a mood to talk to me at all.

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    Mini (Lasiodora difficilis) got quite larger from the last molt, and is might be preparing for yet another molt. Mini simply turned, and walked away from a dropped feeder insect like no big deal. It’s all good. It’s not like I am in the middle of feeding spree. I can always try again a couple of days later.

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    Despite the size of the body, Oranty (Brachypelma baumgarteni) is the most skittish tarantulas of all. Not even once took a live feeder insect, it always had to be a pre killed one. Since two weeks ago, Oranty is refusing to eat. That automatically got me thinking he or she is in a pre molt, and it’s getting indisputable.

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    Now Brabo (Brachypelma albopilosum) was and still is in pre molt, and it has been quite some time. It could be any days now, but I don’t think it will happen just yet, at least not today.

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    It’s almost exactly the same story with my Klachy (Brachypelma klaasi), it’s really a matter of the time, but I can only imagine. I am just not capable of foretelling the unseen.

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    Meanwhile Toe toe (Caribena versicolor) suprised me with the sudden molt a day ago. Refusing of a feeder insect or two gave me just a little speculation, but I would never thought this would be happned this soon. Two balls, and one strike. Not so bad, not so bad at all.

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